Ryuun Joriki Baker, Osho is an American Zen Buddhist Monk and founder of Blue Mountain Zendo. He currently resides within the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania which is located 40 miles outside of Allentown/Bethlehem. Joriki grew up in Northern California and was raised within a devoutly Lutheran family. At the age of thirteen, Joriki was exposed to a Native American Purification Ceremony which would be the catalyst for his spiritual practice. For over twenty five years, Joriki has formally studied and practiced Japanese Nichren Soka Gakki, Soto Zen, Vietnamese Thien (Vietnamese Zen), and Rinzai Zen.
Joriki’s spiritual endeavors culminated on January 1 2001 when he was ordained by Thich Nguyen. Post ordination, Joriki would go on to study for several more years at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji, a Rinzai Monastery in upstate New York , and later was ordained within the Hakuin Lineage of Rinzai Zen. On January 22 2014, Joriki was named an Osho (Dharma Teacher) by Kokan Genjo Marinello, Osho at a formal ceremony conducted at Blue Mountain Zendo. Currently Joriki is a member of the AZTA (American Zen Teachers Association), Osho (teacher) at Blue Mountain Zendo. He is also is a trained social worker who specializes in supporting dually diagnosed men and women. Joriki, Osho is now offering private Zen Instruction via zoom or in person.